The basic flaw in John LaFleurs diatribe against multiculturalism (Retailers sold out Christmas to be politically correct, SN 11/30) is the consistent and repeated misuse of the word usurp. Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, Taoists, Sikhs, Parsis, Americans who choose to commemorate their African roots, Wiccans, followers of any other religion, or even atheists, have no desire to require Christians to observe Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Ramadan or to prevent Christians from observing Christmas by forcibly seizing the holiday and replacing it with their own observances.
I was very disappointed to read the column published in Thursdays State News titled Retailers sold out Christmas to be politically correct, by John LaFleur (SN 11/30). While I completely understand Mr. LaFleurs frustration with the holy day of Christmas becoming commercialized, I dont understand his need to blame other religious holidays at the same time of year for the increase in commercialism. There is no need to bash Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Winter Solstice.
I like to plan. In general, I have a habit of living for the future, a habit which is usually admired and rewarded, usually called ambition and the pursuit of success.
The decision to extend Athletics Director Clarence Underwoods contract was not the best for MSU athletics and breaks promises made by the administration and Underwood.Because the contract extension prevents a promised national search for another athletics director, MSU has limited its options for the position.
Calling all overly sun-kissed sweet potato faces. Quit your tanning already. Its December and tis the season to be pale, pasty and proud of it.
It is with much chagrin I admit to anybody now that not two months ago I vehemently supported and endorsed John LaFleur (Scholarships bring discrimination, SN 10/25) after his column concerning reverse discrimination in education and academia (Racial discrimination is part of scholarship process, SN 10/23). After reading what could only be called bigoted zealot tripe, I now wish I had known LaFleurs true nature as a brainwashed fundamentalist months ago. In his recent opinion column, LaFleur launches into a rabid fury of Jew, black and pagan bashing (Retailers sold out Christmas to be politically correct, SN 11/30). His disgusting belittlement of Hanukkahs worthiness to stand in the same month as Christmas is mind-boggling.
The number of nontenured faculty members may be high at MSU, but the university is not to blame. The Coalition on the Academic Workforce recently released a report that found nontenured track, or part-time, instructors make up nearly half of the instructors in many humanities and social science classes. For this academic year, MSU employed 741 part-time faculty members and 1,977 tenured faculty.